Tag Archives: Iran

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Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Today’s Top Stories 1. The good news from the Yarmouk refugee camp is that ISIS is gone. The bad news? The Al Qaida-affiliated Jahbat al-Nusra (better known as the Nusra Front) controls the camp. Moreover, the Irish Times reports that the Nusra Front colluded with ISIS to weaken a rival Hamas-linked group calling itself Aknaf Beit

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Russia to Supply Advanced Air Defense System to Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia lifted a ban on selling Iran an advanced S-300 air-defense missile system as part of a larger oil-for-goods deal. Israeli officials told the Times of Israel that if the sale goes ahead, it’ll change the Mideast balance of power. More at Reuters. Israeli officials said supply of the system to

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Palestinians Join Forces With Assad Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a week off from the computer, there’s a lot developments and fallout with the Iranian nuclear understanding to catch up on. The White House is touting an understanding but contradictory accounts of what’s been agreed to and criticisms from heavyweight personalities like Henry Kissinger and nuclear experts are dogging the

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Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)

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Israel Re-Elects Netanyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. Benyamin Netanyahu and Likud won yesterday’s elections. See below for what happened, what’s next, and what it means. 2. Oops, he did it again. John Kerry plugged Ayatollah Khamenei’s non-existent nuclear fatwa. 3. Brazilian media reports are backing Alberto Nisman’s claims of an Argentina-Iran conspiracy, with allegations are bigger than we

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Saudis Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal With South Korea

Today’s Top Stories 1. A high-level Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander boasted of indoctrinating Syrian youth: “The IRGC has begun to establish new religious groups in Syria called ‘Kashab’ among young Alawites, Sunnis, Christians and Ismailis,” Al-Arabiya on Tuesday cited Hussein Hamdani as saying.   These groups aim to carry out what Hamdani called “ideological education”

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UN Report on Gaza “War Crimes” to Be Deferred

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN team investigating war crimes during Operation Protection Edge wants to defer its report to June. A statement released by the Schabas commission said it needed more time to consider evidence received from Israelis and Palestinians. The team’s report was originally scheduled to be presented to the UN Human Rights

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Hamas Offers Long Term Calm

Today’s Top Stories 1. PA security forces have arrested more than 100 Hamas members in the last two weeks. YNet reports: The operations reached a climax on Sunday night when – in an unusual step – the forces arrested 40 Hamas members, including released detainees, academics, and students in a coordinated effort conducted in multiple

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Netanyahu’s Iran Speech: The Fallout and Spin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video and transcript. See below for more fallout and commentary. 2. Argentina wants to revive a joint “truth commission” with Iran to get to the bottom of bury the 1994 bombing of the Buenos

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